The Runn is a new sensor that beams treadmill performance to a smartphone

The new Runn treadmill tracker. (Source: North Pole Engineering)
The new Runn treadmill tracker. (Source: North Pole Engineering)
Those who use treadmills might want to keep track of their speed, incline and other metrics as they work out. The Runn is a new gadget that captures this data and sends it right to a compatible fitness app. It is up for pre-order now, and is slated to ship in mid-December

North Pole Engineering (NPE) is a company that makes wireless and internet-of-things (IoT) devices that connect various types of equipment to others, in both consumer and industrial contexts. For example, it makes the heartbeatz bridging device that connects an Apple Watch to an exercise machine to add the former's heart-rate tracking data to the latter.

Its new product along these lines works in more or less the opposite manner. The Runn sensor clips onto a treadmill so as to  its settings to a mobile device or a wearable while in action. This allows the user to view and track data such as speed, cadence and incline while working out.

The Runn should work with any machine, so long as it has ANT and Bluetooth low-energy connectivity. It should then convey data to a number of fitness apps, including Zwift, Sufferfest, and NPE's own GymTrakr. This new functionality may help a user keep their work-out metrics constant, or ramp them up regularly over time. In addition, it may help avoid an upgrade to a pricey new machine that incorporates the same feature.

The OEM currently has this new gadget up for pre-order in its store, at a price of US$89.99. It is currently scheduled for release on December 13, 2019.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-12- 3 (Update: 2019-12- 3)
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